TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: The BEST Way to Travel and Get Great Service

Published Date Author: , September 13th, 2014
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Don and rayEvery wonder why some people get to go to the front of the line or get bumped up to the first class section of an airplane? Or ever wonder why some people get waited on immediately and others have to wait and wait? Ever wonder why some people get seated in the best part of a restaurant while others are seated back by the kitchen or restrooms? When shopping in a store do ever wonder why others are being served before you are?

We get bumped up to first class on a regular basis and always get seated in a great place at a restaurant. Why? We dress well! We look like we belong wherever we go.

For those who want to wear shorts and jeans and flip flops to fine restaurants or on an airplane, by all means do so. That gives more space in the best sections for those who do dress well.

ManWe were in San Francisco for an opening of a new hotel several years ago. The line was over a block long and as we walked by the front door, the attendant opened the door and invited us in.

In New York City over the holiday season one time we were at Sak’s Fifth Avenue and the line was a half block long to get in as they only allowed so many people in at a time. Again, we walked by the front door and the attendant opened the front door and had us come in.

Always be aware of where you are going. If you are going camping or hiking or ‘slumming’ then dress anyway you want to. Out door concerts and venues like that requires patrons to dress extremely casual as well as going to football, baseball and soccer games. In those types of venues you are merely one or two people out of thousands and have to dress accordingly.

MenWhen we go to New York City we are often bumped up to better seats at Broadway shows and concerts. Why? simply because management wants a ‘good look’ in their front seats.

Sure, go ahead and dress down when you want to but if you want to receive the best service when you are traveling, dress ‘up’!

We have been in fine restaurants from coast to coast where some people walk in wearing shorts and flip flops and they are always seated in the very back. They proudly say that they flip flops cost over $50 or their shorts cost over $100. What does that have to do with dressing well?

StrawberriesDressing well does not mean that you have to a lot of money. Any department store sells quality clothing. Dressing well and how much money you pay for clothing has nothing to do with each other. Another thought on the subject is when something goes wrong when you are traveling… an airline attendant, a server at a restaurant or a store clerk pays a lot more attention to you if you are dressed well. It is just that simple!

George Herbert, (1593 – 1633), the English clergyman and metaphysical poet said it best when he wrote, “Living well is the best revenge” And dressing well simply makes one feel better about themselves. Here are 10 reasons why you should dress up everyday:

  • 10. Looking good improves your overall mood and personality.
  • 9. It makes a good impression.
  • 8. You never know who you will run into. Don’t you want to look your best?
  • 7. Life is too short to wear boring clothes.
  • 6. The feeling of confidence. When you look great, you feel great.
  • 5. Fashion is a method of self-expression. Express Yourself!
  • 4. Acts as an instant pick-me-up.
  • 3. If you’ve got it, you should flaunt it.
  • 2. It puts you on your “A” game.
  • 1. You deserve to look fabulous!

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at and visit their website at

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The BEST Way to Travel and Get Great Service - Gravatar The BEST Way to Travel and Get Great Service said on September 13, 2014, 11:20 am:

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James said on September 13, 2014, 7:01 pm:

I couldn’t agree more !

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